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Bahrain restores citizenship of Shiite cleric

Bahrain restores citizenship of Shiite cleric

Bahrain's king has restored the citizenship of a leading Shiite cleric, in a possible gesture aimed at easing sectarian tension in the Sunni-ruled Gulf nation.
Bahrain News Agency said King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ordered Wednesday that prominent cleric Hussein al-Najati and his family be returned their passports "after correcting their status."
Al-Najati, the Bahrain representative for Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, was stripped of citizenship by the king in September in a sweep against suspected Shiite dissent before last month's parliamentary elections.
Shiite representatives maintained their 18 seats in the 40-member council.
Home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, Bahrain's majority Shiites are uneasily ruled by a Sunni royal family.


Updated : 2021-03-07 13:13 GMT+08:00